Dharwad: Deputy Commissioner Gurudatta Hegde launched Arogya Sankalpa, a Dharwad District’s Center for Learning, Innovation, Creativity, and StartUp (DDCLICS) project. The aim of this initiative is to enable the healthy AIMS of students, teachers, professionals, parents, and institutions so each can become a “health hero”.
DDCLICS, whose founding partners are Abhi DhiYogi and Ottilie Anban Kumar, founder and director of Evolve Lives Foundation, launched this initiative.
Speaking on the occasion, Gurudatta Hegde appreciated DDCLICS and their project ArogyaSankalpa’s vision and emphasised the importance of NGOs and other institutions collaborating with the several schemes implemented by the government to improve the quality of school education and the holistic physical and psychological health and development of the children.
He said that government schools and private schools have differences in learning and teaching methods, supplementary textbooks, and extra-curricular activities. By coordinating with them and combining their expertise and skills with the government’s schemes, learning can be made more impactful, effective, and interesting for children.
Dr. Suresh Itnal, Zilla Panchayat CEO, said that effective measures have been taken under the National Child Health Programme for the health safety and treatment of children in the district. He said that under the Child Health Programme, children’s health check-ups are done, and children who are found to have severe illnesses undergo surgery and regular health check-ups. Welcoming DDCLICS project ArogyaSankalpa, he said that more programmes can be taken up for the health and safety of primary and high school children with the cooperation and collaboration of NGOs.
DDCLICS Founding Partner Ottilie Anban Kumar spoke about Project Arogya Sankalpa, whose primary focus will be the holistic health and wellbeing of more than 3.5 lakh children and teachers from over 800 government schools in Dharwad district, besides focusing on the entire community’s physical and psychological health.
She said that workshops and health camps will be conducted focusing on the following areas: adolescent health problems; the prevalence of anaemia; refractive errors; vitamin A deficiency; night blindness; worm infestations; fungal infections; menstrual health management; dental health; anxiety disorders; learning disorders; special-needs children, etc. Each school has been provided a link on their online CLICS that has been set up for 800+ schools through which they can submit a request based on their requirements, and accordingly, additional areas will be added.
IMA Hubli, Indian Red Cross Society, Dharwad, The Karnataka Cancer Therapy & Research Institute, Hubballi, Bharat Scouts & Guides, South Western Railway Hubli, Jayapriya Hospital-Super Specialty Eye Care Centre, MCKS Food for the Hungry Foundation, Karnataka. have joined hands with DDCLICS.
DDPI S.S. Keladhimath, S.M. Hudedamani, BEO Dharwad City, G.K. Padaki and others were present. To learn more, please visit https://i-invent.org/DDCLICS .
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